Saturday, September 29, 2012

Wicklow Cloche at last

Introducing the Wicklow Cloche, a stylish (you rock it your own way) cloche hat with a wide brim, and attached I-cord braid-and-bow option and fitted cabled detail that fits everyone and lo-and-behold suits everyone too. It's a miracle hat!

This design has been lurking for a couple of years, waiting for the perfect yarn, perfect hat outcome. After 30+ versions, it turns out that every yarn is perfect for this hat and every version suits someone, big or little.

I'm really happy to say that the pattern is now available as a kit in The Constant Knitter and will be in my Ravelry shop shortly. 

The pattern is being released for the wonderful Artesano Aran yarn (I'm a big fan of this yarn, see here) but it has been knit in many other yarns, e.g. Debbie Bliss Fez (sadly now discontinued), Rowan Lima and Artesano Alpaca DK (both thankfully still available and ohhhh sooo divine). Instructions are given in the pattern for all these variations.

So to the lovely Serena in The Yarn Room Ashford, Co Wicklow, who asked one day 'How many of these hats are you going to knit, Nic?' the answer is 'As many as it takes, hon. As many as it takes.'